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  1. Lora,
    I am so amazed by everyone’s collections on this hop. I love all of your ideas. My favorite is the evergreen look for winter! So pretty!!!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, we are all bottles and jar lovers, indeed, Christy! So many great ways to use them!

  2. I LOVE all your ideas and inspiration, Lora! Using the votive cup on top of the jar opening is genius, such a great and versatile idea. All the old pop bottles is so fun for summer flowers!!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Glad you enjoyed the ideas, Debra! Thanks:)

  3. I know I’ve told you this before, Lora, but you have such an eye for creating unique and interesting vintage vignettes. I can’t pick a favorite because these are all lovely and such great ideas. I paused at the floral vignette with the pop shoppe bottle – my goodness did that one bring back memories of my childhood at the lake!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I always appreciate your sweet comments, Marie; I should print them out and hang them where I can see them everyday for a lift up:) You’re a wonderful encouragement! Yes, those pop shoppe bottles are so fun; I picked up 3 cases of them in a curbside pile! Those kind of finds will keep me junking till I die;)

  4. How fun that you found those science lab bottles. They are perfect for Halloween. So adorable. Your flowers are gorgeous too.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thanks, Katie! Think I can enjoy the garden flowers for a couple more weeks, so will keep snipping as long as I can!

  5. Lora, you have a knack for displaying vintage finds and it shines through in your post! I love everything here and it’s so hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to it would be your Halloween vignette. So happy to be hopping with you on this super-fun blog hop!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Yes, the creepy bug collection is a fun change in my house for the season, Michelle!

  6. There is something so cheerful about old soda pop bottles. They instantly bring a smile to my face. Love your sweet collection!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I know, Laura! I miss the old glass bottles with the great graphics; totally a flashback to childhood:)

  7. Marilyn Holeman says:

    Hi Lora, Can you give any suggestions about where to find the wire canning jar lifter? When I put that in Google, I mostly find the tongs that you use to pull the jars out of the water. I may have found one. Can you tell me about how big yours is? Thanks for your help. Love your ideas. Glad to have you back in my inbox! I hope your parents are settling in well.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thank you, Marilyn:) My canning lifter is 12″ across. I know canning products are in short supply this year, since everyone had gardens. I find them in old scary basements at estate sales…dead spiders inside as a bonus;) Good luck!

  8. I loved seeing all of your ideas. I’m now wanting to get some candy corn to use in some of my milk bottles for October Halloween decorating. I’ve always wanted to do a centerpiece with a canning rack. I love both your Christmas and winter version!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      That Christmas canner idea is such a hit and so simple and easy! We used to sell them for about $28, one after another! My biz partner was the jar queen and loved putting them together:)

  9. Marlene Stephenson says:

    The Christmas one was my favorite, lots of ideas and i do have a few bottles and jars. I have some of my Ball jars with my beans, macaroni, and even brown sugar. I pray your parents like where they live now and have made a cozy home. Have a great week.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Marlene; it’s a big adjustment, especially during a pandemic. Yes, canning jars are awesome for pantry items!

  10. I should have tried the “don’t eat it, it’s for decoration” candy idea! Unlike you, I guess I’m a bad mamma jamma. LOL! So glad you didn’t do a close up photo of the nasty bugs in the Halloween vignette. Yuck. Loved all of your ideas though. You are so clever! Thank you for joining us Pinned!

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I don’t mind the bugs, Cindy,…when they’re dead;) Yea, sometimes the “only for decoration” talk worked, sometimes the jars looked a little emptier days later! Oh, the things we mothers try;) Always love being a part of this group!

  11. Hi Lora,

    You certainly have a wonderful collection which is no surprise.

    I enjoyed all your ideas and inspiration!

    Have a great day!

    Cindy

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Call me the queen of junk, Cindy;) Think it’s genetic!

  12. Rebecca Payne says:

    So Creative. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Your welcome, Rebecca!

  13. Love this beautiful ideas to much, Lora! I can’t get over your curiosity cabinet and chemistry jars. I made one for the littles last year and while they liked mine they would jumping up and down over yours 🙂 I’ll definitely have to try your milk bottle and candy corn idea and the gorgeous holiday votives too. They’re so elegant! Hugs and happy Fall, CoCo

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      I originally thought I’d clean out those yucky bugs and whatever scary chemicals, cuz I liked the little black-topped bottles. But years later, I still love bringing out all the science lab freebies to decorate for Halloween! One of my most memorable curbside finds, indeed!

  14. Laura Coyne says:

    Lora,
    I really love all your creative and frugal ideas! In this post, I especially liked the mason jars filled with candy and with evergreen sprigs. So cozy and simple, but very lovely? It takes a lot of creativity and mental work to keep coming up with so many ideas! I appreciate all your posts! Tnanks!
    Laura Coyne

    1. Lora Bloomquist says:

      Glad you enjoyed all the ideas, Laura!Thanks for your kind words;)